This doesn't solve all of your problems but if you want to change the view for a specific folder and/or the folders inside of it within windows explorer, you need to browse to the EPDM root folder or the folder you want to change. Next, you have to select a view such as "extra large". Then, in windows explorer click "Tools" at the top bar. Be sure not to confuse this with the EPDM Tools. Pressing "ALT" when in the window will make the top bar show if you don't see it. Then select "Folder options...". In the window that pops up, go over to the "View" tab and click "Apply to Folders". This will force the view you selected to be used on this folder all the time. The next pop up asks if you want to apply the view setting to rest of the folders within the selected folder. Click Yes or No depending on what you want and then click "OK" in the "Folder Options" window. Next time you open that folder, the view will be what you set it to.
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I suspected it may have something to do with windows, my other colleauge's here dont have that issue. I wonder why it only occured on my machine. Thanks for the effort you put into your answer!
Normally this procedure would work fine (I've used it before), but when I'm in a PDM folder it will not let me select "extra large". As soon as I navigate out of PDM I can select extra large.
The reason I want to set it to extra large is because icons displayed in PDM folder are much small that those displayed in non-pdm folders. For example a "large" icon in a pdm folder is about the size of a "small" icon in any other folder!
Now if I could just get SW to remember that when I click "Open" file, I want to see them all !